I made it clear my intention was to play and my intention was to play for the New York Jets,” Rodgers said Wednesday on “The Pat McAfee Show,” as part of a wide-ranging guest spot. “And I haven’t been holding anything up at this point. It’s been compensation that the Packers are trying to get for me.”
The longtime Green Bay quarterback also said he went into his recent darkness retreat “90 percent retired and 10 percent playing,” but emerged to learn the Packers were exploring trade options.
He also mentioned the 2020 NFL Draft, when the Packers drafted his nominal replacement Jordan Love 26th overall, as a turning point.
“In 2020 they drafted Jordan to replace me,” Rodgers said. “This conversation would have happened a lot sooner had I not won back-to-back MVPs.”
Rodgers said the Jets asked him about players he’d played with over the years during their meeting last week. He denied, however, a report that said he gave the Jets a list of players to sign, including Odell Beckham Jr.
In January, the Jets hired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who coached Rodgers from 2019-21 in Green Bay, and Rodgers said that ended up being a big factor in his decision.
“There’s a lot of reasons why the Jets are attractive. There’s one coach who’s meant as much to me as any coach I’ve ever had, and he happened to be the coordinator there,” Rodgers said.